The price America paid in part for the Great Depression of the 1930s was the undermining of faith in the Capitalist system among many Americans.(from therealitycheck.org)
Unions arose, not just in response to worker grievances, but also because their leaders were frequently sympathetic to Communism. The FDR and subsequent administrations introduced Social Security and Medicare, tapping into the fears of those who had experienced the Depression with programs that vastly expanded the federal government, characterizing them as the ultimate “safety net.” Then Congress plundered the trusts that were supposed to fund both programs. Both programs are insolvent.
A recent study by Paul Hollander, a professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, was published by Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty & Prosperity. It is titled, “Reflections on Communism: Twenty Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall.”
The celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall earlier this year was attended by many world leaders with the notable exception of President Barack Obama. For a man who has visited more foreign nations in his first year in office than any previous President, the decision to avoid this significant anniversary was taken as one more signal of his true political and economic agenda.
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Once again, President Obama has managed to anger both the right and the left. This time, it's not his contentious plans to overhaul the US healthcare system, a new costly economic stimulus or the deployment of yet more troops to Afghanistan that has Washington up in arms. This time it is his decision to send some 100 Guantánamo detainees to an empty prison in his home state of Illinois that has unleashed a political firestorm.
In bringing dozens of terror suspects from Guantánamo Bay – that US naval base in Cuba now infamous around the world – to a town 150 miles west of Chicago, Obama has made a provisional solution become a permanent one.
With congressional midterm elections now less than a year away, it comes perhaps as no surprise that many lawmakers would seek to distance themselves from what, so far, remains a deeply unpopular decision. Just last week, a Gallup poll found that most Americans (64%) oppose the plans. That may become a significant roadblock for Obama down the road, as he will inevitably have to go through Congress both to secure the necessary funding and to change current legal parameters that only allow Guantánamo detainees to be brought to US soil for prosecution. Time is of the essence for Obama – the closer he gets to the November 2010 ballots that will see many Senate and all House seats up for grabs, the more hardened politicians will become.
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What was initially suspected as vandalism that forced the evacuation of a Denver union headquarters turned out to be a wall thermometer that fell and shattered on the floor. The Denver bomb squad and firefighters were dispatched to assess and cleanup the spilled mercury, said Denver police spokesman Detective John White.(from thedenverchannel.com)
The Service Employees International Union building at 2525 W. Alameda Ave. was evacuated as a precaution just after 10 a.m., White said. The few employees in the building during the holidays were evacuated as a precaution.
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In 2010, we can vote for Democrats or Republicans but we cannot vote to reduce the power of the political class. It is this power that leads to corruption, greed, non-responsiveness and dishonesty that we see in both parties.(from mydesert.com)
Until we take back power by constitutionally imposing term limits, restricting government spending to a percentage of gross domestic product, cleaning up the voting system and requiring legislative transparency, voting for either won't change anything.
Marty Butler, La Quinta, CA
The Tenth Amendment defines the total scope of federal power as being that which has been delegated by the people to the federal government, and also that which is “necessary and proper” to advancing those powers specifically enumerated in the Constitution of the United States. The rest is to be handled by the state governments, or locally, by the people themselves.
The Constitution does not include a congressional power to override state laws. It does not give the judicial branch unlimited jurisdiction over all matters. It does not provide Congress with the power to legislate over everything. This is verified by the simple fact that attempts to make these principles part of the Constitution were soundly rejected by its signers.
To affirm these principles, the State of Utah will be considering House Concurrent Resolution 2 (HCR2) in 2010. The resolution, sponsored by Julie Fisher, “urges the federal government and United States Congress to repeal and prohibit regulations and laws infringing upon the rights of states under the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.”
While, non-binding, the resolution is an essential first step towards restoring state-sovereignty. It makes clear that the legislature stands in support of the Constitution of the Founders and paves the way for follow up legislation to nullify federal laws and regulations.
If passed, Utah will join 7 other states who’ve done so since early 2009. Click here to see the full list.